HOCKEY: Seven-up Poachers shine

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CAMBS SOUTH LADIES 1st 3 SPALDING POACHERS 1st 7: POACHERS were in seventh heaven after acing their first Cambridgeshire Premier League game of the season.

Emma Dalton’s powerful flick put Spalding ahead, before Jacqui Hunter’s double made it 3-0 at the break.

Cambs pegged them back after the interval, only for Amy Ovenstone and Karen Timby to make it 5-1.

South pulled another back before Timby’s second and Annie Dalton to make the game safe. A late short corner from Cambs didn’t spoil the Spalding mood.

LONG SUTTON LADIES 2nd 3

LINCOLN LADIES 2nd 4

LINCOLN edged a seven-goal thriller as Sutton were beaten in their first league game of the season.

Travelling with only nine players, Sutton went ahead when Lisa Baker finished off a super team move and two solo stunners from Katie Ireland kept them in the hunt.

The scores were level in the final stages, but Lincoln bagged a winner late on to leave Sutton pointless.

Rhian Goodge – in her last outing in goal – and Hannah Greenacre shared the player of the match award.

Friendly round-up

BATTLING Long Sutton 1st came from 2-0 down to beat Pelicans 1st 3-2 their second friendly of the season.

Pelicans led 1-0 at half time thanks to a penalty corner, but Sutton went close when Ben Smith hit the post.

Against the run of play, Pelicans made it 2-0 early in the second period. Despite being down to ten men, Danny Sisson pulled one back and then Smith equalised when they were back to 11.

A storming run and finish from Will Cook then completed the comeback.

• SUTTON’S second string lost 7-5 in a goal-fest at higher-graded Pelicans 2nd in their pre-season opener.

A first-half hat-trick from Ben Shore ensured the scores were level at the break, while another from Shore and a Fred Whatling effort then made it 5-5.

But Pelicans struck twice in the last ten minutes to clinch the win.

• PELICANS 3rd defeated Sutton 3rd 4-3 in another entertaining clash. After a sluggish start, Ben Maris struck to make it 1-1 at half time.

A double from Ben Shore after fine work from Shane Thompson and Luke Lovegrove put Sutton 3-2 up at one stage, but Pelicans struck back twice in the last ten minutes with a pair of close-range deflections.